Taylor Swift has released the outtake video for "Shake It Off," the lead single from her upcoming album, 1989. The clip comes from the part of the video featuring cheerleaders, and features Tay Tay giving her thoughts about popularity. "A lot of people who I think will relate to this song are people who are dealing with not ever really feeling cool with themselves . . ."
Sting has opened his Italian estate to tourists, who may pay $300 for the privilege of picking grapes and olives from it. Tourists will be able to work with laborers on the 900-acre estate where Sting grows produce. Tourists are given the opportunity to enjoy "succulent grapes and luscious wines, tart olives, green rolling hills, warm autumn sunshine, Cypress trees . . ."
Tim McGraw has released his latest single "Shotgun Rider," off of his upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town, which is set for release on September 16. If you ask McGraw, "Shotgun Rider" was the perfect choice for his next single, because of its "warmth." "This is one of those songs that really paints a picture and sets a mood," the singer tells Rolling Stone Country.
Babyface is featured on the cut "Evergreen" with Barbra Streisand from the latter's upcoming duets album Partners. Others featured on the disc include John Legend, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, her son, Jason Gould, John Mayer, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and more.
David Byrne, who was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, has added his voice to those warning the Scottish against breaking away from the U.K. The country will hold an independence referendum on September 18. Byrne, speaking with the Evening Standard, says that the Scots may be biting off more than they can chew.
Beyonce has been revealed to be the cover model for the upcoming CR Fashion Book issue number 5. The "Flawless" performer wears a demure hairstyle and a large floral cape for the cover of the magazine's fall/winter issue. She adds pieces from upcoming collections by Comme des Garcons, Prada, and Givenchy in the accompanying photo shoot.
Bruce Springsteen is turning his 2009 song "Outlaw Pete" into a children's book to be published by Simon & Schuster on November 4. The eight-minute song is featured on the Boss' Working on a Dream LP. "When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character," Frank Caruso, the book's illustrator, said in a statement.
Nick Gordon, husband of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina, was charged with DUI after crashing his vehicle in his Georgia hometown on Thursday morning. Neither Gordon, nor his passenger Mason Whitaker, were injured. "Today, at about 11:37am, there was a single vehicle accident at Holcomb Bridge Rd (GA 140) near the intersection of Barnwell Rd . . ."
A teaser trailer for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Hateful Eight, featuring a remixed version of Iggy and the Stooges 1972 classic "Raw Power," has been released. The trailer, oddly enough, comes before the film has begun shooting. As such, there's no footage to be seen, but western style graphics and text.
Chris Young is now in recovery following a recent kitchen knife mishap. Young, now sporting a sling and completely wrapped hand, says that he is learning some new things as a one-handed man. "I can do almost everything now, but I'm about two months away from being able to play guitar," Young tells People.
Young Jeezy pleaded not guilty to illegal gun charges stemming from an incident in which police found an AK-47 aboard his tour bus in California.
Jeezy and five members of his crew were arrested and charged with illegal gun possession, and all of the men entered not guilty pleas, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon, has said he is "sorry for being such an idiot." Chapman was recently denied parole and a transcript from the hearing has now been released. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain. I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory," he said during the hearing, according to The Independent.
Johnny Marr says that the classic guitar riff in the Smiths song "How Soon Is Now?" came very close to sounding completely different. Marr notes that the rest of the band had gone out to the pub, leaving him alone to write the part. "Picasso had a saying that inspiration does exist, but it has to find you working," he began.
Josh Gracin has posted two songs that he's been working on to social media. The first, "Let Her Go," came via Facebook earlier this month. "I can never find the right words to say during a conversation. So here's the video of the writing session today," he wrote, adding a video that sees him strumming an acoustic guitar on his couch. The second tune, "Say Yes," was lyrics only.
"Bang Bang," the first single from Jessie J's upcoming third studio album, has gone gold. According to the RIAA, the single has moved 502,000 units since August 20. The single features guest spots from Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. "Ahhhhhhh #6 officially in AMERICA on billboard," Jessie tweeted earlier in August when the tune began heating up.